"The Great Humanitarian" : the Soviet Union, the International Committee of the Red Cross, and the Geneva Conventions of 1949
Boyd van Dijk
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Law and history review, Vol. 37, no. 1, February 2019, p. 209-235
This article unpacks some of the existing misconceptions within the existing historiography regarding the Soviet impact on the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)' efforts to promote the law's revision, especially after World War II. Whereas most of the literature claims that Soviet contributions were either minimal or highly biased, this article reveals the Soviet delegation's mixed but critical legacy in developing the Geneva Convention Relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, including Common Article 3, in particular.
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